Letter from Judah P. Benjamin to Daniel S. Printup, Esq.

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Letter from Judah P. Benjamin to Daniel S. Printup, Esq.
Benjamin, Judah Philip, 1811-1884
As Confederate States Secretary of War, Judah P. Benjamin requests Daniel S. Printup's assistance in mustering companies to populate the 55th regiment of the Confederate army. Printup was the son of a wealthy planter who owned land near Rome, Georgia.
Jewish Heritage Collection Personal Papers
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Topical Subject:
Confederate States of America--History, Military, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Jews
Geographic Subject:
Rome (Ga.)
Biographical Note:
Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884), US senator, Confederate statesman, and sugar planter, was born in the British-occupied Danish West Indies (modern-day Virgin Islands). The Benjamin family immigrated to the United States shortly after Benjamin’s birth and resided in North and South Carolina. Benjamin’s father was a founding member of Charleston, South Carolina’s Reformed Society of Israelites, the first effort to reform Judaism in the United States. Judah Benjamin moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1832, where he entered private practice as a commercial lawyer and established a sugar plantation. After serving in the Louisiana state legislature for ten years, Benjamin was elected to the US senate, becoming the second Jewish senator in US history. After Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1861, Benjamin was elected Attorney General of the Confederacy. Soon afterwards he assumed the positions of Secretary of War (September 1861-March 1862) and Secretary of State (March 1862-May 1865). Benjamin relocated to England after the war, and later moved to France, where he died in 1884.
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Material Type:
Letters (correspondence)
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